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Full-time Faculty

Alexander Fisher

Alexander Fisher

Professor, Early Music & Musicology, Renaissance and Baroque Studies

phone604-822-3524
location_onMusic Building 407

Research Area

Early Music | Musicology
Alex Fisher was appointed to the UBC faculty in 2002, and holds degrees from Northwestern University (BMus 1992), Indiana University (MA 1995), and Harvard University (PhD 2001). His interests include German music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, ritual contexts for sacred music in the ea...Read more

Research Area

Early Music | Musicology

Andrea Grant

Andrea Grant

Lecturer, Opera, Voice

phone604-822-3113

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Andrea Grant is the Head of Music Staff for Wexford Festival Opera, principal coach of University of Toronto Opera, and a member of the music staff of the Canadian Opera Company and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She has also worked with Opera Omaha, Calgary Opera, Opera Atelier, Tapestry Opera, The ...Read more

Research Area

Voice & Opera

Brandon Konoval

Brandon Konoval

Associate Professor of Teaching, School of Music and Arts One Program

phone604-822-5687
location_onOld Auditorium 206B

Research Area

Music Theory
I hold a cross-appointment with the UBC School of Music and the UBC Arts One program, where I have taught since 1999. My research engages with intellectual and cultural history, with particular attention to music studies in several domains, the history and philosophy of science and technology, and t...Read more

Research Area

Music Theory

Claudio Vellutini

Claudio Vellutini

Assistant Professor, Musicology

phone604-822-6795
location_onMusic Building 423

Research Area

Musicology
Claudio Vellutini joined the UBC School of Music in 2016. His research interests focus on the cultural and reception history of nineteenth-century Italian opera, its dissemination in the Austrian Empire, historiography, performers and performance practice, and staging. He has published essays and re...Read more

Research Area

Musicology

Corey Hamm

Corey Hamm

Professor, Piano and Chamber Music
Co-Director UBC Contemporary Players

phone604-822-3522
location_onMusic Building 307

Research Area

Keyboard
Pianist Corey Hamm is establishing a unique musical profile performing widely in North America and in Asia as both soloist and chamber musician. His CD of Frederic Rzewski’s hour-long solo piano epic The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Redshift Records) won Spotify's Best Classical Recordin...Read more

Research Area

Keyboard

David Fung

David Fung

Assistant Professor, Piano and Chamber Music
Curator Spirio Piano Series at the Chan Centre

phone778 300 3017
location_onMusic Building 309

Research Area

Keyboard
Praised for his “ravishing and simply gorgeous” performances in the The Washington Post, pianist David Fung is widely recognized for interpretations that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. Mr. Fung regularly appears with the world’s premier ensembles inclu...Read more

Research Area

Keyboard

David Gillham

David Gillham

Associate Professor, Violin

phone604-827-2035
location_onMusic Building 322

Research Area

Strings
David Gillham has an extensive solo and chamber music career, having performed throughout Asia, Europe, the Americas and South Africa. He has performed in major venues such as Tokyo’s Opera City and Bunka Kaiken Recital Halls, Baxter Concert Hall in Cape Town SA and the Chicago Cultural Centre, as...Read more

Research Area

Strings

David Metzer

David Metzer

Chair, Musicology Division
Professor of Musicology

phone604-822-2246
location_onMusic Building 403

Research Area

Musicology
David Metzer’s work explores a range of twentieth and twenty-first century styles, including classical, popular music, and jazz. He is currently working on a book dealing with how musicians have confronted the toll of incarceration in American society from the 1920s to the present day. Dr. Metzer...Read more

Research Area

Musicology

Dorothy Chang

Dorothy Chang

Professor, Composition

phone604-822-3406
location_onMusic Building 315

Research Area

Composition
Described as "evocative and kaleidoscopic” (Seattle Times) the music of composer Dorothy Chang often reflects the eclectic mix of musical influences from her youth, ranging from popular and folk music to elements of traditional Chinese music.  Many of her works are inspired by place, time, memor...Read more

Research Area

Composition

Dylan Robinson

Dylan Robinson

Associate Professor

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building 447
Dylan Robinson is a xwélmexw (Stó:lō/Skwah) artist, curator and writer. From 2015-2022 he was the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University. Dr. Robinson’s curatorial work includes the international touring exhibition Soundings (2019-2025) co-curated with Candice Hopkins....Read more

Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson

Associate Professor, Cello

phone604-822-5526
location_onMusic Building 306

Research Area

Strings
Eric Wilson was awarded the Bronze Medal (1971) in the Geneva International Competition and co-winner of the Morris Loeb Prize for Strings (1973) at the Juilliard School. Eric Wilson was solo cellist of the Ensemble of New York in residence at the Lincoln Centre, New York. He was also a founding mem...Read more

Research Area

Strings

Ève Poudrier

Ève Poudrier

Assistant Professor, Music Theory
Lead PI, Rhythm Research Cluster

phone604-822-9193
location_onMusic Building 415

Research Area

Music Theory
I completed my doctoral studies in music theory at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). My Ph.D. dissertation “Toward a General Theory of Polymeter: Polymetric Potential and Realization in Elliott Carter’s Solo and Chamber Instrumental Works After 1980” presented a co...Read more

Research Area

Music Theory

Graeme Langager

Graeme Langager

Director of Choral Activities

phone604-822-6792
location_onMusic Building 417

Research Area

Conducting | Voice & Opera
Graeme Langager is Director of Choral Activities at the University of British Columbia School of Music. A passionate and dynamic conductor, Dr. Langager is sought-after as a clinician, adjudicator, educator and guest conductor. He has performed throughout Europe and across North America, appearing i...Read more

Research Area

Conducting | Voice & Opera

Hedy Law

Hedy Law

Associate Professor, Musicology

phone604-822-5683
location_onMusic Building 421

Research Area

Musicology
Hedy Law is Associate Professor of Musicology at the School of Music of the University of British Columbia. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2007 with a Ph.D. in Music History and Theory. In 2005 she received the Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship of the American Musicological Society. In ...Read more

Research Area

Musicology

Hyejung Jun

Hyejung Jun

Assistant Professor, Choral Conducting

phone604-822-3113

Research Area

Conducting | Voice & Opera
Dr. Hyejung Jun joins the University of British Columbia as Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting after completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She earned her Master of Music degrees from Yonsei University in Korea and Emory Univ...Read more

Research Area

Conducting | Voice & Opera

J. Patrick Raftery

J. Patrick Raftery

Associate Professor, Voice

phone604-822-3460
location_onMusic Building 409

Research Area

Voice & Opera
J. Patrick Raftery was a teenager when he sang for Opera Star George London (then General Director of the Washington Opera) who personally encouraged his musical studies in voice and opera. While still in High School Mr. Raftery was invited to audit the Wolf Trap Summer Opera Program where he met hi...Read more

Research Area

Voice & Opera

J. S. Kofi Gbolonyo

J. S. Kofi Gbolonyo

Lecturer in African Music and African Studies
Director, UBC African Music and Dance

phone604-827-3259
location_onOld Auditorium 206 A

Research Area

Ethnomusicology
Dr. Kofi J. S. Gbolonyo joined the UBC School of Music as a Visiting Assistant Professor in September 2009, soon after completing his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology with a Graduate Certificate in African Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Since joining the UBC faculty, he has been teaching graduate ...Read more

Research Area

Ethnomusicology

Jasper Wood

Jasper Wood

Chair, Strings Division
Professor, Violin and Chamber Music

phone604-827-5628
location_onMusic Building 308

Research Area

Strings
“Wood is always a joy to hear.” –Gramophone Canadian violinist Jasper Wood has established a flourishing reputation as a soloist through his frequent performances with many of North America’s finest orchestras, in cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Buffalo, and throughout Europe. H...Read more

Research Area

Strings

John Roeder

John Roeder

Professor, Music Theory

phone604-822-3715
location_onMusic Building 401

Research Area

Music Theory
As a music theorist and analyst, I describe ways that people conceive of music, and how music is heard to organize time coherently, expressively, and meaningfully. I concentrate on music of special relevance today: recent works by contemporary composers in the Western art-music tradition and the “...Read more

Research Area

Music Theory

Jonathan Girard

Jonathan Girard

Director, Orchestral Activities
Associate Professor, Conducting and Ensembles

phone604-827-5307
location_onMusic Building 324

Research Area

Conducting
American-born conductor Jonathan Girard is one of the rising stars of his generation. A passionate musician committed to engaging audiences with thrilling performances, he continues to gain a reputation as a musical force equally versed in symphonic repertoire, opera, and new music. As the Director...Read more

Research Area

Conducting

Jose Franch-Ballester

Jose Franch-Ballester

Assistant Professor, Clarinet and Chamber Music

phone604-822-3824
location_onMusic Building 316
The multi-award-winning Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester (FrAHnk Bai-yess-TAIR) is considered one of the finest classical soloists and chamber music artists of his generation. He has been hailed for his “technical wizardry and tireless enthusiasm” (The New York Times), his “rich, reso...Read more

Keith Hamel

Keith Hamel

Chair, Composition Division
Professor, Composition
Director, Computer Music Studio

phone604-822-6308
location_onMusic Building 317

Research Area

Composition
Keith Hamel is both a composer and computer music specialist. Dr. Hamel writes acoustic and electroacoustic music, and has been awarded many prizes in both media. Many of his recent compositions focus on the interaction between live performers and computer-controlled electronics. He has been commiss...Read more

Research Area

Composition

Krisztina Szabó

Krisztina Szabó

Assistant Professor, Voice and Opera

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó is highly sought after in both North America and Europe as an artist of supreme musicianship and stagecraft, and has become known for her promotion and performance of contemporary Canadian works. Among her many laudatory reviews, Opera Canada declare...Read more

Research Area

Voice & Opera

Leigh VanHandel

Leigh VanHandel

Chair, Music Theory Division
Associate Professor, Music Theory

phone604-822-5287
location_onMusic Building 419

Research Area

Music Theory
My primary research areas are music theory pedagogy, music cognition, the relationship between music and language, computer-assisted research, and how those things all relate to one another. My scholarship seeks to understand how music works and how humans process music; this allows me to help other...Read more

Research Area

Music Theory

Marina Thibeault

Marina Thibeault

Assistant Professor, Viola

location_onMusic Building 310

Research Area

Strings
Marina Thibeault holds numerous honours and distinctions, including prizes from the Père-Lindsay Foundation (2017), "Révélation Radio-Canada" (2016-2017), CBC’s “30 hot classical musicians under 30” (2016), and the Sylva Gelber Foundation (2016). She won first prize in the string category o...Read more

Research Area

Strings

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Chair of the Keyboard Division; Associate Professor, Piano, Piano Pedagogy

phone604-827-2532
location_onMusic Building 311

Research Area

Keyboard
In a world where transient glitter is often mistaken for pianistic excellence, Anderson offered that rare commodity: an ability to speak through music without hint of artifice. – The Washington Post A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, pianist Mark Anderson’s recordings and performances hav...Read more

Research Area

Keyboard

Michael Tenzer

Michael Tenzer

Professor, Ethnomusicology
Director, Balinese Gamelan Ensemble

phone604-822-3405
location_onOld Auditorium 206a

Research Area

Ethnomusicology
My home in the School of Music is in the Ethnomusicology division, and my musical interests span the globe, but my activities cover all of the kinds of things musicians do: performance, composition, research, teaching and mentoring, analyzing, thinking and writing about music, promoting interest in ...Read more

Research Area

Ethnomusicology

Nancy Hermiston

Nancy Hermiston

Chair, Voice and Opera Divisions Director, UBC Opera Ensemble

phone604-822-8246
location_onOld Auditorium 305

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Nancy Hermiston’s operatic career has taken her throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Her New York debut took place in Carnegie Hall with Marilyn Horne and Mario Bernardi. Her European début led to a permanent engagement with the prestigious Nürnberg Opera. She has held numerous appoi...Read more

Research Area

Voice & Opera

Nathan Hesselink

Nathan Hesselink

Professor, Ethnomusicology

phone604-827-3259
location_onOld Auditorium 206b

Research Area

Ethnomusicology
Nathan Hesselink’s research broadly encompasses the topic of rhythmic play and social meaning, firstly in South Korean traditional percussion genres and more recently in British rock music. He received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of London, SOAS, and was a postdoctoral researc...Read more

Research Area

Ethnomusicology

Rena Sharon

Rena Sharon

Professor, Collaborative Piano

phone604-822-3409
location_onMusic Building 321

Research Area

Keyboard
Born in Montreal, Canada, Rena Sharon began her life in chamber music at the age of eight. Her early studies were with Professor Dorothy Morton, and she continued her training at the Eastman School and Indiana University. Principal teachers were Menahem Pressler and Gyorgy Sebok, Janos Starker, and ...Read more

Research Area

Keyboard

Robert Pritchard

Robert Pritchard

Associate Professor, Music Technology

phone604-822-3526
location_onMusic Building 313

Research Area

Composition
Bob Pritchard teaches music technology at UBC, and works in acoustic, electroacoustic, and interactive media as well as with film/video, dance, and installation art. He has received several awards and commissions through the The Canada Council, the BC Cultural Fund, the Ontario Arts Council and the ...Read more

Research Area

Composition

Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor

Director of Bands
Chair, Wind Brass & Percussion
Professor, Conducting & Ensembles

phone604-827-5474
location_onMusic Building 319
Robert Taylor is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, and serves as Chair of the Woodwind Brass and Percussion Division. With a career in music ed...Read more

T. Patrick Carrabré

T. Patrick Carrabré

Director of the School of Music; Professor, Composition

phone604-822-5436
location_onMusic Building 206

Research Area

Composition
T. Patrick Carrabré has been active as a composer, administrator, educator, radio host and conductor. For well over a decade, he worked closely with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, including six seasons as composer-in-residence and co-curator of the orchestra’s New Music Festival. Also active in...Read more

Research Area

Composition

Terence Dawson

Terence Dawson

Associate Professor of Teaching
Former Chair of the Keyboard Division

phone604-822-3587
location_onMusic Building 305

Research Area

Keyboard
His musicality described as “lucid” (Globe and Mail), his performances as “stunning” (Vancouver Sun), and possessing “trademark elegance and technical flair” (Georgia Straight), pianist Terence Dawson has earned a reputation as one of Vancouver’s most respected musicians. Repeat invita...Read more

Research Area

Keyboard

Valerie Whitney

Valerie Whitney

Assistant Professor, Horn

phone604-822-2598
location_onMusic Building 304
Dr. Valerie Whitney was appointed to the faculty at the UBC School of Music in 2018, where she is now Assistant Professor, Horn and Brass Area Coordinator. Dr. Whitney has been performing in and around the Chicagoland area for over a decade. She regularly appears with some of the nation’s most est...Read more
Adjunct Faculty

Beth Orson

Beth Orson

Adjunct Professor, Oboe

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building 325
Beth Orson has played Assistant Principal Oboe and English horn with the Vancouver Symphony since 1990. She teaches on the faculties of the UBC School of Music, National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO), and the VSO Institute at Whistler as well as maintaining a private studio at home. Active as a ch...Read more

Chloe Meyers

Chloe Meyers

Adjunct Professor, Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building

Research Area

Early Music
Violinist Chloe Meyers is a regular guest leader and orchestra member of baroque ensembles all over North America. She has worked with ensembles including Les Violons du Roy, Tafelmusik, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Les Boreades, the Theatre of Early Music, Les Idées Heureuses, and Les...Read more

Research Area

Early Music

Christie Reside

Christie Reside

Adjunct Professor, Flute

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building Room 320
Christie Reside began her career in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as Second Flute at the age of 19. She received her formal training with Timothy Hutchins at McGill University in Montreal, and continued her training with Lise Daoust, Marina Piccinini, and Patrick Gallois at the Banff Centre for t...Read more

Dylan Palmer

Dylan Palmer

Adjunct Professor, Double Bass

phone604-754-3523

Research Area

Strings
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dylan Palmer joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) as Principal Double Bass in 2010. Prior to joining the VSO, Dylan was a member of the New World Symphony, in Miami Beach, Florida. Dylan has participated in numerous music festivals including Tanglewo...Read more

Research Area

Strings

Elizabeth Volpé Bligh

Elizabeth Volpé Bligh

Adjunct Professor, Harp

phone604-822-3113
604-622-1700
location_onMusic Building

Research Area

Strings
Elizabeth Volpé Bligh was the Vancouver Symphony’s Principal Harpist for 35 years (1982 - 2018), after 6 seasons (1976 -1982) as the Principal Harpist of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. A graduate of University of Toronto’s Bachelor of Music program in 1975, she studied with Judy Loman...Read more

Research Area

Strings

Ilan Morgenstern

Ilan Morgenstern

Sessional Lecturer, Bass Trombone

location_onMusic Building 323
Born in Rehovot, Israel, Ilan Morgenstern is hailed by the International Trombone Association Journal for his “rhythmically driving, technically flawless, and unfailingly dynamic and exciting" playing. Currently the Bass Trombonist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Morgenstern has also been ...Read more

Larry Knopp

Larry Knopp

Adjunct Professor, Trumpet

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building 325
Larry Knopp began his career as acting principal trumpet of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20. He has also held positions as principal trumpet with Orchestra London, the Hamilton Philharmonic, and the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, and is currently principal trumpet of the Vancouver...Read more

Natalie Mackie

Natalie Mackie

Adjunct Professor, Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building

Research Area

Early Music
Natalie Mackie studied cello at the Conservatoire de Musique (Québec), followed by a degree from the School of Music, University of British Columbia. While at UBC she was introduced to the viola da gamba, and following graduation, she pursued further studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The ...Read more

Research Area

Early Music

Peder MacLellan

Peder MacLellan

Adjunct Professor, Tuba

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building Room 318
Peder MacLellan is Principal Tuba with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and a sessional lecturer at UBC where he teaches low brass and coaches chamber ensembles. In the past, Peder has been principal tuba with the South Bend and Lafayette Symphony Orchestras, and was the Associate Instructor of Tuba...Read more

Sharman King

Sharman King

Adjunct Professor, Brass Chamber Music

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building
Bass trombonist Sharman King (BMus’70) has enjoyed a long and varied career in Western Canada. While attending UBC he was a member of the legendary Cave Theatre Orchestra house band under Fraser MacPherson. After graduating from The University of British Columbia in 1970 Mr. King joined the Buddy ...Read more

Vern Griffiths

Vern Griffiths

Adjunct Professor, Percussion

phone604-822-3113
Percussionist Vern Griffiths is one of the prominent players in Vancouver’s musical community. He joined the Vancouver Symphony as Principal Percussionist in 1997, and is also a member of the CBC Radio Orchestra, and the new music groups Standing Wave and Turning Point Ensemble. He can be heard on...Read more
Sessional Faculty

Alan Matheson

Alan Matheson

Sessional Lecturer, Jazz Trumpet and Jazz Piano

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building 318
Alan Matheson is a Vancouver-based pianist, trumpeter, composer and arranger. He teaches at the music schools of the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Community College where he is an instructor in jazz piano and trumpet and at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music where he lectures in j...Read more

Alec Pearson

Alec Pearson

Sessional Lecturer, Guitar

location_onOld Auditorium 304

Research Area

Strings
Alec Pearson enjoys a career based in Vancouver where he currently serves as sessional instructor of guitar at the University of British Columbia. Alec has performed both solo and in ensemble across Canada, Spain, Colombia, Greece and the U.S. He currently serves as president of the “Vancouver Cla...Read more

Research Area

Strings

Alexander Weimann

Alexander Weimann

Sessional Lecturer, Conducting
Sessional Lecturer, Harpsichord

location_onMusic Building 400 C

Research Area

Conducting | Keyboard
Alexander Weimann is one of the most sought-after ensemble directors, soloists, and chamber music partners of his generation. After traveling the world with ensembles like Tragicomedia, and as frequent guest with Cantus Köln, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Gesualdo Consort and Tafelmusik, he now f...Read more

Research Area

Conducting | Keyboard

Amanda Chan

Amanda Chan

Sessional Lecturer, Piano

phone604-822-5739
location_onMusic Building 309 / 323

Research Area

Keyboard
Amanda Chan has achieved recognition in her career as concert pianist, teacher, lecturer, adjudicator and examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She has given concerts and masterclasses in Canada, USA, China and Europe as a soloist and chamber player. Born and raised in Vancouver, ...Read more

Research Area

Keyboard

Andrew Poirier

Andrew Poirier

Sessional Lecturer, Trombone

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building
Andrew Poirier hails from Lewisporte, Newfoundland and began his musical studies in the Salvation Army. After earning a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, he continued his education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music earning a Master of Music Degree in Orchestr...Read more

Brenda Fedoruk

Brenda Fedoruk

Sessional Lecturer, Flute

phone604-822-3407
location_onMusic Building 325
Brenda Fedoruk is currently Principal Flute of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, a position she has held for more than 15 years. As a longtime member (Flute and Piccolo) of the CBC Radio Orchestra, she was also the Musicians’ Contractor until the orchestra’s disbanding in 2008. A busy freelance pla...Read more

Brian Garbet

Brian Garbet

Sessional Lecturer, Composition

phone604-822-3113

Research Area

Composition
Brian Garbet composes acoustic and electroacoustic music for film, theatre, and the concert hall. His work often incorporates field recordings or found sound through transcription, spectral analysis, and fixed audio playback. He received a BFA from Simon Fraser University, where he studied with Bar...Read more

Research Area

Composition

Christina Hutten

Christina Hutten

Sessional Lecturer, Musicology
Director, Early Music Ensembles

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building

Research Area

Early Music
As both a scholar and performer, Christina Hutten is committed to helping students integrate their academic and practical studies. She is passionate about public musicology, sharing music history with audiences from diverse backgrounds through online courses, pre-concert chats, and program notes and...Read more

Research Area

Early Music

Dale Throness

Dale Throness

Sessional Lecturer, Voice

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building 326 / 328

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Lyric Baritone Dale Throness, a native of Grande Prairie, Alberta, received his early musical training in Winnipeg and subsequently obtained his Master of Music in Voice Performance at the University of British Columbia. Post-graduate studies were undertaken at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the...Read more

Research Area

Voice & Opera

Edward Top

Edward Top

Sessional Lecturer, Composition

Research Area

Composition
Composer Edward Top studied composition and violin at the Rotterdam Conservatoire in The Netherlands. He primarily studied with Peter-Jan Wagemans, but also worked with Klaas de Vries, Peter Eötvös, Pierre Boulez, and Luciano Berio. After living and traveling in the Far East for several years h...Read more

Research Area

Composition

Fred Stride

Fred Stride

Senior Sessional Lecturer, Jazz Theory and Arranging
Director, Jazz Ensemble I

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building 312
Fred Stride finds himself writing many forms of music. Although he is principally known for his many compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble, he has also written countless arrangements for various entertainers and performers for almost every musical setting, from chamber ensembles to big ban...Read more

Gloria Wong

Gloria Wong

Sessional Lecturer
Director Chinese Music Ensemble

location_onAsian Centre 105

Research Area

Ethnomusicology
Gloria Wong is an ethnomusicologist and Chinese music specialist. She has worked in many roles to promote Chinese instrumental music in Vancouver, including teacher, scholar, conductor, arranger and administrator. From 2012 to 2020, she served as the Artistic Director of the British Columbia Youth C...Read more

Research Area

Ethnomusicology

Grant Sawatzky

Grant Sawatzky

Sessional Lecturer, Music Theory

location_onMusic Building 419

Research Area

Music Theory
Grant Sawatzky is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. His dissertation project focuses on music in which certain harmonic or stylistic irregularities induce 'metric multivalence'—a kind of rhythmic fluidity resulting from the co-presence of multiple metric/harmonic affordances o...Read more

Research Area

Music Theory

Helen Chen Lee

Helen Chen Lee

Sessional Lecturer, Voice

phone604-822-3529
location_onMusic Building 312

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Helen Chen Lee, a lyric spinto soprano, graduated from the Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien, Vienna, Austria. She started her professional Career with a recital debut in the New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and a subsequent series of opera activities in association with The Met...Read more

Research Area

Voice & Opera

Ingrid Chiang

Ingrid Chiang

Sessional Lecturer, Bassoon

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building
Ingrid Chiang, a Taiwanese-born Canadian, moved to Vancouver at age 15. She started her piano study at age 5 and bassoon at age 12. Ingrid studied at University of British Columbia School of Music with Jesse Read, and later at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Christopher Millard. Ms. Chiang is...Read more

Jaelem Bhate

Jaelem Bhate

Sessional Lecturer, Conducting

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building

Research Area

Conducting
Active in both classical and jazz genres, Jaelem Bhate is a conductor, composer and proponent of reinvention and accessibility and works to reimagine the role of instrumental music in the 21st century. He was named to CBC’s hot 30 under 30 classical musicians in 2019 and is a board member of Orche...Read more

Research Area

Conducting

James Littleford

James Littleford

Sessional Lecturer, Class Brass

phone604-822-3113
Jim Littleford is a very active freelance musician in Vancouver. He has played trumpet with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra since 1981 as well as extra trumpet with the Vancouver Symphony and the C.B.C. Vancouver Orchestra. In chamber music Jim plays with A Touch Of Brass quintet and the Kwantlen Coll...Read more

Jennifer Butler

Jennifer Butler

Sessional Lecturer

Research Area

Composition

Research Area

Composition

Jeremy Berkman

Jeremy Berkman

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building 318
Jeremy Berkman earned a BA in Economics and a BMus from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. After receiving his MMus from the Juilliard school, and working at the Aspen Music School for several summers, Mr. Berkman came to Canada to study at the Banff Centre, where he developed projects with ...Read more

Julia Nolan

Julia Nolan

Sessional Lecturer, Saxophone

phone604-822-3529
location_onMusic Building 312
Dr. Julia Nolan maintains an active performing schedule committed to promoting new works for saxophone.  She has commissioned works by many Canadian composers including Stephen Chatman, Keith Hamel, Colin MacDonald, Robert Pritchard, Nicolas Scherzinger, Jacquie Leggatt, Hope Lee, Fred Stride, N...Read more

Kenneth Friedman

Kenneth Friedman

Adjunct Professor, Double Bass

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building 318

Research Area

Strings
Born in Los Angeles, he began Double Bass studies at the age of 10 years, with Gary Karr and later with Herman Reinshagen. After completing undergraduate studies at USC, he received a masters degree from Juilliard where he studied with Fred Zimmerman. He recently retired from the Vancouver Sympho...Read more

Research Area

Strings

Marisa Gaetanne

Marisa Gaetanne

Sessional Lecturer, Voice

phone604-822-3407
location_onMusic Building 326

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Sessional Lecturer and Voice Lyric coloratura soprano, Marisa Gaetanne has sung in opera, oratorio and recitals in Europe, Canada and the United States. She studied extensively in Italy, England (on a Canada Council award) and the United States, and has a background of French immersion (Montréal), ...Read more

Research Area

Voice & Opera

Michael Dirk

Michael Dirk

Sessional Lecturer, Organ

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As one of Vancouver’s more active and versatile organists, Michael Dirk is equally at home offering solo concerts, accompanying the many fine choirs/ensembles of the region, improvising an entertaining accompaniment to a silent film, or serving liturgically in various worship styles. During his BM...Read more

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Michael Jarrett

Michael Jarrett

Sessional Instructor, Percussion

Michael Jarrett is a percussionist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Growing up in Atlanta, Michael began learning percussion at age 12. As a high school student, Michael was a member of the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra. Michael then went on to study percussion and timpani with members o...Read more

Michelle Anderson

Michelle Anderson

Sessional Lecturer, Clarinet

location_onMusic Building 325
Michelle Anderson is a clarinetist and teacher who lives in Vancouver BC. She has been a professional performer and teacher for over 30 years and plays regularly with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Lionsgate Sinfonia, and the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble. She has studied the clarinet at Universit...Read more

Miranda Wong

Miranda Wong

Sessional Lecturer, Piano

phone604-822-6792
location_onMusic Building 309 / 323

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As solo recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher, Miranda Wong is equally at home with the music of the traditional classical repertoire as well as with the complexities of the contemporary idiom. Her solo career has taken her to stages across Canada, the United States, England, and on many occasi...Read more

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Paolo Bortolussi

Paolo Bortolussi

Sessional Lecturer
Coach, Contemporary Players

phone604-822-3113
Flutist Paolo Bortolussi is a soloist, chamber artist, and new music pioneer. Raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada, the US and abroad. A specialist in contemporary music, Paolo is the flutist and co-director of the Nu:BC Collective, a new mu...Read more

Patricia Hoy

Patricia Hoy

Sessional Lecturer, Piano Chamber Music

phone604-822-6128
location_onMusic Building 309 / 325

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Pianist Patricia Hoy has gained attention and critical acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician. From a young age she has concertized throughout Canada and the United States and most recently has been invited to tour Asia, India as well as a return tour to Alaska. Winner of numerous competitions, h...Read more

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Peter Barcza

Peter Barcza

Sessional Lecturer, Voice

phone604-822-3531
location_onMusic Building 411

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Voice & Opera
Sessional Lecturer Voice Peter Barcza is one of Canada’s most versatile baritones and has won critical acclaim, both nationally and internationally, in a wide range of repertoire. He graduated from the Opera Department of the University of Toronto where he was a student of the renowned Canadian ba...Read more

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Voice & Opera

Roger Cole

Roger Cole

Adjunct Professor, Oboe

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building Room 310
Roger Cole has been Principal Oboist of the Vancouver Symphony since 1976. He has been Principal Oboe of the Carmel Bach Festival since 1997. He also played Principal Oboe in the CBC Radio Orchestra. He received his early musical training in Seattle, Washington where he studied with Bernard Shapiro,...Read more

Sarah Reimer

Sarah Reimer

Sessional Lecturer, Music Theory

location_onMusic Building 419

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Music Theory
Sarah Reimer completed her B.Mus as a flute major at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and her M.A. in music theory at the University of British Columbia. Under the supervision of Dr. John Roeder, her master’s thesis explored the analysis of musical form in polyphonic vocal music from the...Read more

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Music Theory

Susan Chai

Susan Chai

Sessional Lecturer, Class Piano

phone604-822-3113

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Ms. Chai holds degrees of Bachelor of Music from UBC, and Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Michigan. Her teachers include Mary Tickner, Bob Rogers, Joanne Smith and Arthur Greene. From 1996 to 1999, she taught and served as the Associate Director, at the Pi...Read more

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Alan Thrasher

Alan Thrasher

Professor Emeritus of Music (2005), Chinese Music, Organology and Semiotics and Asian musical performance

phone604-822-2331
Alan Thrasher began his study of East Asian music during the late 1970s, following earlier training in Baroque music performance, notably with LaNoue Davenport and other musicians in New York, upon which he became particularly interested in questions of ornamentation for recorder flutes and harpsich...Read more

Andrew Dawes

Andrew Dawes

Professor Emeritus of Music (2005), Violin
(1940-2022)

Violinist, ANDREW DAWES was born in High River, Alberta. He has been acclaimed as recitalist, chamber musician and soloist throughout North and South America, Europe and the Orient, and been celebrated as “one of the most distinguished violinists Canada has ever produced” (Ottawa Citizen). After...Read more

Gregory Butler

Gregory Butler

Professor Emeritus of Music (2011), Musicology

Gregory Butler joined the faculty in 1973 after two years as Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, where he studied with Christoph Wolff. He was winner of the first Canada Council Doctoral Dissertation Prize and a Canada-Belgium Exchange Fellowship. He spent 1984-85 and 1990-91 in Berlin as a Von...Read more

J. Evan Kreider

J. Evan Kreider

Professor Emeritus of Music (2007), Musicology

Musicologist and music historian J. Evan Krieder began teaching at the UBC School of Music in 1975. Kreider’s research encompassed studies of Renaissance chant, early music notation, recension of manuscript and printed sources, liturgical music, and the editing of Renaissance and Baroque keyboa...Read more

James Fankhauser

James Fankhauser

Professor Emeritus of Music (2000), Voice & Choral Conducting
Former Director, UBC University Singers

James Fankhauser was a professor of voice and choral conducting until 2000. He directed the UBC University Singers for many years during which time the group won several singing competitions, including the CBC National Radio Competition in 1994, which led to the BBC’s International Radio Competiti...Read more

Jane Coop

Jane Coop

Professor Emerita of Music (2012), Piano

Pianist Jane Coop, one of Canada’s most distinguished artists, has toured extensively throughout North America, Asia and Europe, performing in such halls as Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, Roy Thomson Hall, Salle Gaveau, the Singapore Cultural Center, and the Bolshoi Zal of St. P...Read more

Jesse Read

Jesse Read

Professor Emeritus of Music (2015), Bassoon
Former Director, UBC School of Music (1996 - 2007)
Former Music Director, UBC Symphony Orchestra (1990-2008)

Jesse Read has served as Principal Bassoon of the Pacific Baroque and Carmel Bach Festival Orchestras, Metropolitan Opera National Company, San Francisco Opera, Spring Opera, and North Hollands Symphony Orchestra, as well as the CBC Curio Ensemble and Vancouver Chamber Winds. A specialist in 18th-ce...Read more

Martin Berinbaum

Martin Berinbaum

Professor Emeritus of Music (2008), Trumpet
Former Director, UBC Bands

Professor Berinbaum retired from the full time faculty in 2008 after 32 years of service to the University and the music culture of British Columbia. Professor Berinbaum was born in Philadelphia but spent his first 18 years in Bakersfield, California. He graduated from the University of Southern ...Read more

Robert Silverman

Robert Silverman

Professor Emeritus of Music (2003), Piano
Former Director, UBC School of Music (1991 - 1995)

In a career spanning more than five decades, Robert Silverman has climbed every peak of serious pianism: lauded performances of the complete sonata cycles by Beethoven and Mozart; concerts in prestigious halls across the globe; orchestral appearances with many of the world’s greatest conductors; a...Read more

Stephen Chatman

Stephen Chatman

Former Professor, Composition (2021)
Former Head of Composition

One of Canada’s most frequently performed composers, Stephen Chatman, C.M., D.M.A. was Professor and Head of Composition at the University of British Columbia School of Music. He retired in 2021. He has received many composition awards, including 2005, 2006, 2010, and 2020 Western Canadian Music ...Read more

Vera Micznik

Vera Micznik

Professor Emerita of Music (2014), Musicology

Areas of Interest Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music; Gustav Mahler; Program Music: aesthetics and analysis (Berlioz, Liszt); Applications of literary theory to music: Music with/without explicit words, Narrativity in Music, Music Textuality; Semiotics; Opera–especially Women in Opera;...Read more

William Benjamin

William Benjamin

Professor Emeritus of Music (2014), Music Theory
Former Director, UBC School of Music (1984 - 1991)

I was born in Montréal, Canada, and was educated in that city, studying piano at the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec, and obtaining a Mus. Bac. in composition from McGill University in 1965, when I was 20. My goal at that time was to be a composer, and I pursued it through...Read more